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Still in the Arctic

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Having arrived safely in Nuuk, Dunbar and I were counting on a relatively uneventful 1800 miles passage to the Azores. To finish our sojourn in Greenland on a high, we decided to make a …

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Nuuk stopover

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After almost two months in the High Arctic, arriving in Nuuk felt almost like coming home. As on Aventura’s two previous visits, we were welcomed warmly on arrival by the harbormaster Johannes Lindemans.

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Crossing the Arctic Circle

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Map

Aventura crossed the Arctic Circle at dawn today. In the view of those who only consider a successful transit of the Northwest Passage by having crossed this symbolic gateway both on the way …

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It’s a long way to Nuuk

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Fort Ross anchorage

After the excitement of having reached the Eastern Arctic, we were rewarded by a quiet night at anchor. But the euphoria was soon dampened by the prospect of the 1200 miles …

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Thank you!

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Sunset 16 August

In the last two days I have received many messages of congratulations for Aventura and her crew’s successful voyage. I want to thank all of you who have written, as well …

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A Happy Anniversary

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Aventura route 2015

Exactly one year ago, on 15 August 2014, I was forced to take the painful decision to abandon my attempt to complete a transit of the Northwest Passage, and turn around. …

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The final stage

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Aventura at Gjoa Haven

Gjoa Haven is the place no sailor attempting to transit the Northwest Passage will miss as it is here that Roald Amundsen spent the first two winters of his successful …

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Cambridge Bay Stopover

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Midnight sunset over Cambridge Bay

Due to the strategic location of this transportation hub in the Central Arctic, Cambridge Bay has been described as the make or break point for anyone attempting a transit …

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News from the Arctic

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Aventura’s route in the Northwest Passage

Having passed through the Western Arctic and its ice fields much earlier in the season than we had hoped or expected, and with the ice situation still unfavourable …

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Arctic Canada Landfall

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There is still ice about but we can sail again

In the two weeks since we had left Dutch Harbor, we passed through the Bering Strait, crossed the Arctic Circle, turned east at Point …

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Ice, ice everywhere

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Early on Thursday morning we passed Point Barrow at the northwestern extremity of Alaska. In the month since we left Seattle we have logged 3,000 miles and have now reached an important landmark on …

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Gateway to the Arctic

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Grey misty day in the Bering Strait

In the span of six hours we have passed two significant landmarks: the Bering Strait and the Arctic Circle.

For a long time I regarded the Bering …

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Dutch Harbor Stopover

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Alaska landfall

Favourable winds continued on our passage from Victoria in British Columbia to Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands. On day 11 of the 1700 mile passage, as we made landfall at Sedanka …

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Life on passage

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Aventura’s Parasailor spinnaker emblazoned with the logos of our partners in this adventure: UNESCO, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the World Meteorological Organisation

I always say that what I like best about sailing and …

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Ice forecast and prospects

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Ice, ice everywhere

 

And nowhere to go

The Canadians Ice Service have published the 30 days ice outlook for the Western and Central Arctic.

Summary for June 18 to 30:Average …

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Aventura’s new attempt at the Northwest Passage

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Early this Saturday morning Aventura left Victoria, British Columbia, bound for Dutch Harbor …. and the Northwest Passage. She had spent the last month in Seattle, in the care of Swiftsure Yachts, the US …

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Lanzarote: Gateway to the Atlantic

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Marina Lanzarote

Due to its ideal geographical location in the NE extremity of the Canaries archipelago, the land of Lanzarote is rapidly becoming the favourite landfall for yachts arriving in the Canary Islands from …

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Northwest Passage - Here They Come!

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Arctic Monkey, Lou Morgan’s Exploration 45, has started her long voyage bound for Greenland and Arctic Canada. Accompanied by Zetty and their daughters Zoe, Leah and Rosie this summer they will attempt an east …

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Tahiti stopover

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Welcome to the South Seas

The arrival in Tahiti has been a significant event in all our previous round the world rallies, and the Blue Planet Odyssey has been no exception. The participants had …

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Aventura on the move again … but not under her own power!

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M.V. Tamper in Golfito

M.V. Tamper

After four weeks of patiently waiting at Fish Hook marina in Golfito, Costa Rica, on Thursday 29 April Aventura was loaded onto M.V. Tamper, a Sevenstar yacht …

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A New Attempt on the Northwest Passage?

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Map of Aventura route 2014

After the decision was taken to abandon the passage to Tahiti, rather than transit the Panama Canal again, and sail back to Europe across the Atlantic, a very …

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Aventura Announcement

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On 31 March, while sailing en route to Tahiti, an unexpected matter requiring my presence back home forced me to make a drastic change to my long term plans. So I have decided to …

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Transiting the Panama Canal in record time

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Aventura completed the Panama Canal transit on Sunday afternoon and we are now on our way to Tahiti. We have about 4800 miles ahead of us, which I plan to sail nonstop as we need …

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Drina on the move again

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After having completed a transit of the Northwest Passage in summer 2014 , Michael Thurston spent the winter on his own, aboard his faithful yacht Drina at Dutch Harbor, in the Aleutian Islands.

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We are sailing!

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We are sailing

After several days of calms and very light winds, something that I had never experienced in the Caribbean Sea before, the wind finally came up… as did our Parasailor spinnaker. Dave …

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